I get asked occasionally if it would be possible to insert an “Unsubscribe” link in Mailshot emails, as this is the polite thing to do if you think someone may not want to continue receiving your emails,
It would not be possible to do this automatically (both because Apple does not permit a different email to be sent to each person, and because Mailshot runs entirely on your device rather than on a server somewhere.) but I have devised a workaround to place an “Unsubscribe” button on all your group emails…
1) Copy this string:
Click <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org? subject=Unsubscribe”>here</a> to unsubscribe
2) Paste it into Notes, and replace “email@example.com” with your own address, then copy it again.
3) Go to the MailShot settings page (accessed from “Settings” on the Support button) and paste your edited string into the “Text” line (This text is added at the foot of every group email you send)
4) Enable “Add as HTML” on the line below. (This tells Mailshot to use HTML format)
Once done, this will place a link at the bottom of every group email sent from the Mailshot app, saying “Click here to unsubscribe”. When someone clicks on the link, you will be sent an email with the subject header of “Unsubscribe”. On receiving this, you would know to remove the sender’s mail address from your Mailshot group.
We have just released a new update for Textshot to roll together a few things we have added over the past few months.
- Full support for iPhoneX screen sizes
- Updated to use new contacts API, and iOS11-friendly features
- Access all addresses for a contact, when their details are split across multiple address books.
Two more things to cover:
You can now swipe from the left of the screen to go back from most screens. This is useful as screens get larger, because it is harder to reach the top left of the screen
If you have both an iPad and an iPhone, you can now write an SMS on iPad and use your iPhone to send it to the phone system. To do this, enable “Text Message Forwarding” for your iPad on the Messages page of Settings on the iPhone.
As is usually the case, we use a staggered release, so this update will roll out to users over the following week.
An update is being released for MailShot users this week, containing a number of new features to make life easier for our users. Here is a little about them, and how you might make use of them.
Place the group’s name in the subject line
Say your golf group is called “St. Margarets U20’s” that name will be placed in the subject line of any email sent to the group, so your contacts can see what the email concerns (you can still edit the title further, if you wish).
Enable “Group Name”, in Settings > Mailshot.
Add a text string at the bottom of each group email.
This text will be added above the signature line on every email you send through MailShot. This is useful to add something like “unsubscribe” instructions, or anything else you don’t want to include in your personal email signature.
Enter the text to use in “Text”, in Settings > Mailshot. To ask the app to interpret this as HTML (for web links, or formatting) enable “Add as HTML” on Settings > Mailshot.
Place an address in To: when you place a group in Bcc:.
Mailshot can automatically place your own address in the To line of Bcc emails, so it is not left blank (which causes “Undisclosed Recipients” to appear on some email readers.)
Enter your address in “To:” on Settings > Mailshot.
You can also omit contact names (With a change coming in the following update, this will allow you to also forward email from Outlook). And you can change which character is used between addresses, and to surround email addresses, and whether or not to include a carriage return when copying to clipboard. These tweaks are mainly for rare compatibility cases.
I hope you find these new features useful.
As I am sure you’ve seen from the state of your overflowing inbox over the past few days, new European data protection laws are coming into force.
We have today released a new version of ShotList, our movie scheduling app, to allow larger ensemble casts. (TIP: The cast list can also be used for other things, such as specific equipment that may be needed for a shot)
A few weeks ago we released an update for MailShot and MailShot Pro, treating email addresses as mixed case again (after we discovered that a small number of email providers apparently ARE case-sensitive- this was a surprise even to us) and updates all the iOS calls used to newest standards.
And we are currently working on TextShot, our group texting app, to update it to use the latest iOS address book calls. This is expected for release in the next week.
We have recently updated two more of our apps to take advantage of iOS11 and the new iPhone X screen.
One Day is designed to help you count down to just the most important days in your life- a gig, a holiday, the end of exams, or a wedding or birth! The new update also allows you to swipe from the left side of the screen to go back through the app, making it easier to use on larger screens.
FAQ helps make repetitive email easier, by letting you store all text from sentences to multiple paragraphs, that you can assemble into the perfect email. We use it for all our customer support here.
Mailshot 6.0 adds support for iOS 11 and for the unique iPhone X screen, it also features a big graphical update (its third or fourth since launch.)
iOS 11 made changes which broke the sharing of links from Safari and multiple photos from the Photos app, and this update fixes those issues (and improves some others)
We should have an updated tutorial video in the next few days, but it was felt to be worth getting the new version out there for anyone lucky enough to get a shiny new iPhone X.
As usual, if you have any issues, or just want to let me know how the new version feels, please drop me a line from the Support button in the app, as that includes useful diagnostic information that will help solve any issues quickly..
UPDATE: Mailshot 6.1 has just been released, this fixes an issue when sharing video from Photos, and when sharing PDFs from the Mail app.
We have already updated ShotList for iOS11, and to add support for iPhoneX screens.
The current version of MailShot still works great with iOS11, although an issue has been reported with Share extensions from Safari and Photos.
iOS11 seems to have an issue with group messaging, it appears the “Group Messaging” switch on the Messages page in Settings does not allow larger MMS groups, as it dd before. This seems to affec all non-Apple messaging apps including TextShot. We have reported this to Apple, and are investigating at the moment.
Version 9 of ShotList is now available on the App Store. It adds
• Support for iOS11 and new iPhoneX screen
• iPad multitasking (both Split Screen and Slide Over)
• Dropbox API 2.0 (API 1.0 is retired at the end of this month
In addition you can now crop and rotate storyboard images as you add them to your project.
Some users were creating projects with very large PDFs, you can now also save a project as a PDF to Dropbox, rather than only using email.
There are also increased shot angle options, and various other small tweaks and fixes.
ShotList works with all iPhones, all iPads, and iPod Touch running iOS9.0 and above, and is available now on the App Store.
Our latest app, One Day, is now available on the App Store.
Sometimes there’s a special day that you just can’t wait for- it could be a wedding , a special anniversary, a party, the end of exams or medical treatment, the next Star Wars movie, or the holiday of a lifetime !
We help you count down the days to that special day, and share that excitement with friends as your anticipation builds.
- Create repeating events (in weekly, yearly, and numerous monthly patterns)
- Share directly to a wide range of social media and email
- Includes iMessage app
- At-a-glance view for your Today page
- Events are automatically shared between devices
The app is available in two versions. “One Day” lets you try it out for one event, and can be easily unlocked to add the features from “One Day Pro” which lets you track multiple events and customise each event with your own images.
If you need assistance, just drop me a line from the “Email Us” button on the Settings page (a cog icon, in the top left corner of the app)
One Day Pro works with all iPhones and iPads running iOS 10 or later, and is available now on the App Store.
One Day works with all iPhones and iPads running iOS 10, and is available free on the App Store. It can be upgraded later through an in-app purchase to add more events, and custom images.
We have just released a new update for MailShot, our popular group email app, which adds a few fixes and tweaks:
- Warnings when creating overly-large or empty groups
- Fix to duplicated groups, following a split of a large group
- Fix for a graphical bug on the iPad Pro title screen,
This update also ensures that updated devices continue to save MailShot contacts to the address book. (As they are no longer needed in most cases, a future version of the app will offer to disable their saving, and remove them from your address book. They are already disabled for new users. )
We have also updated our QuickStart video, which you may find helpful. It walks you through current methods to create and use groups, sending photos and documents, forwarding email to groups, and sharing documents from other apps to Mailshot groups.
If you have any problems, please drop me a line from the “Support” button in the app.
A new, or refreshed, review on the App Store is very welcome after an update. (A shortcut is provided for this from the “Rate” button on the title page.) Doing this helps us to keep the app alive. Thanks for your help.
In a previous update we switched to automatically sorting group members by surname, but a few users preferred the old way of sorting members (based on the entire name), so MailShot 5.1 allows you to choose a few options.
To show the field used for sorting (Typically “lastname, firstname”) enable “Show Surname First” on the MailShot page in Settings.
To sort on full name instead, enable “Sort On Full Name” on the MailShot page of the Settings app.